When we visit the beach we end up covered in salt water and sand – its part of the fun, right? I actually hate it….I hate that feeling of sticky saltiness mixed with sunscreen and the grit of sand.
Simple beach shower trick
A few years back a friend introduced us to this simple solution. We fill up a number (about five or six for a family of four) of clean, used large plastic soda/soft drink bottles (the 1.5 L ones are perfect) with water from the tap and take them with us to the beach. When we arrive, we take the bottles out and lay them in the sun. Often we keep one bottle out of the sun…you will see why below. We place the bottles against a dark background, such as the rock platform (perfect on the basalts of Hawaii) or even on a black surface of our car. If you can’t find those, then on the grass or even on a dark towel works. Then off we go to play on the beach!
When we are finished with the beach for the day we use the water, which has now been warmed by the sun, to rinse off before getting in our car or walking home. We ALWAYS check the water first to make sure it is not too hot. Sometimes we have to mix in a little cold water from the bottle kept out of the sun.
It’s a simple trick that makes a lot of sense (and a great way to reuse those plastic bottles!)
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